Acknowledgements

Most of the writing of this book was completed while Reid was at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and Hawley was at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Washington, Seattle, and we acknowledge access to the facilities at those establishments. We would also like to thank the staff at the Palomar and Keck Observatories for their able assistance in acquiring many of the observations discussed here. Particular credit goes to the Palomar Sky Survey team, responsible for completing the Second Palomar Sky Survey (POSS II). One of the authors (Reid) has been fortunate enough to be a participant in a Core Science project associated with the 2MASS sky-survey, undertaken by the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech. We acknowledge the efforts of all associated with this very successful project, which (as Chapter 6 illustrates) has had a very substantial impact on our understanding of both low-mass stars and brown dwarfs.

During the course of this undertaking we have profited from discussions with many of our colleagues. Amongst those whom we would like to particularly thank are France Allard and Peter Hauschildt, for predictions, diagrams and discussions about their recent grids of model atmospheres; John Gizis, for comments, criticism and many figures, particularly in Chapter 10; Davy Kirkpatrick, Jim Liebert, Dave Monet, Adam Burgasser and Conard Dahn of the 2MASS ROT (Rare Objects Team) for stimulating discussions and new discoveries in the low-mass star/brown dwarf field; David Koerner, for reviewing Chapter 11; Lynne Hillenbrand, for figures and comments on Chapters 6, 7 and 8; Manuela Zoccali, for discussions on globular cluster luminosity functions; Bill Abbett, George Fisher, Jeff Valenti and, especially, Chris Johns-Krull, who also provided several figures, for consultations on stellar activity; Adam Burrows, for supplying data from theoretical models and for related discussions; Jeremy Mould, for stimulating interest in M dwarfs, and general joviality; Susana Deustua and Jamie Schlessman for comments and helpful criticism. We would also like to thank the following scientists for providing figures and pre-publication results: Sallie Baliunas, Tom Fleming, Hugh Jones, Anita Krish-namuthi, Greg Laughlin, Jenny Patience, Don Terndrup and Chris Tinney. As a technical credit, NASA's Astrophysics Data System proved an invaluable resource for identifying and locating relevant literature. Needless to say, remaining errors and omissions are the responsibility of the authors.

We are grateful to Clive Horwood for his patience during the three-year germination of this manuscript, and to Bob Marriott for ably editing the text. Finally, we would like to thank our respective families: Helen and Dwight Hawley, Jim, Rosa and Tom Hughes, on the one side; and Elizabeth Reid, Jamie and the four-legged ones, Ruaraidh, Gwen and Daisy, on the other. They provided tolerance and support during the completion of this manuscript.

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